Author interview with Glenda Goodrich, Author of Solo Passage

Glenda Goodrich lives in a cottage in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. As an artist, art doula, SoulCollage® facilitator, writer, and convener of ceremony, she brings together earth-based rituals, community gatherings, and creative expression in a search for new ways to show love for the Earth. She feels most alive exploring wild places and spending time with her two children, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

What is your book about?

My book is a memoir of thirteen wilderness vision quest ceremonies I participated in over a twenty-year period. The year I turned fifty, in my search to find healing and meaning in midlife, I undertook a series of wilderness vision quests into the backcountry of Oregon, Washington, and California to discover what the natural world has to teach me about life, death, happiness, spirituality, and forgiveness. My book chronicles the sacred ceremonies that connected me to the land, wove me into nature’s web, and transformed me from a woman who worked to please others into a woman who forged her own path. It is a brilliant collection of adventures—the touch of coyote fur, a snake’s kiss, a ceremonial blood offering—and a profound reflection on the healing and restorative power of nature.

What do you hope other people will take away from reading your book?

"Solo Passage by Glenda Goodrich"Here is an excerpt from the introduction of my book that I believe answers this question:

“I write this book as encouragement and inspiration for you too. In each of the thirteen questing chapters, I ask a question that arose for me during my journey. I have carried these questions into my life to help me incorporate the gifts I received from each of my quests. If some of these questions resonate with you, take them into your heart and out onto the land. May you go out into the wilderness, lose yourself, and find yourself there too.”

What is the best writing advice you ever received?

The best writing advice I ever received was to allow my book the leeway to write itself – to trust that my book has its own voice and its own agenda, and sometimes I need to act as a transcriber of what wants to come through rather than the writer who is in full control. Another way to say this is to let the book have its way with me for a while without censorship or editing. It’s based on the idea that the minute you decide to write a book, the muse is there waiting to work alongside you if you’ll let her in. This is also how I approach my art — as an iterative process of creation with Spirit. I want to let go and let greater forces come in when I write or create my art.

What do you do when you are not writing?

 As an artist, art doula, SoulCollage® facilitator and ceremonialist (e.g., Kintsugi Breaking and Mending ceremonies), I work with individuals and groups to create more beauty in the world. I find great satisfaction in helping others deepen their creative potential, deepening my own well of possibilities in the process. I am an avid naturalist and outdoors woman and continue to embark on a wilderness vision quest ceremony every year.

How can readers get a copy of your book?

My book is available on bookshop.org (I recommend this first because it helps support local bookstores), Amazon.com, Thriftbooks.com, and Barnesandnoble.com.

What is the best way for readers to connect with you?

Readers can connect through my website glendagoodrich.com


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